Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. South Carolina

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

 

State Population

  • In 2006, South Carolina’s state population was 4,321,249, which ranked 24th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups are whites (66 percent) and African Americans (28 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 23,725 births to unmarried women in South Carolina, accounting for 41.9 percent of all births in the state.
  • South Carolina ranked sixth among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 13,407 births to unmarried African American women in South Carolina and 8,166 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, South Carolina had a divorce rate of 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people.  South Carolina’s divorce rate ranked 37th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 13.2 percent in rural areas and 14.5 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, South Carolina had 459,604 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over one-third of these children (33.6 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with single parents in urban areas.  In 2006, there were 120,543 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 51 percent of low-income children in South Carolina were African American and 38 percent were white.

 

TABLE SC-1.

SOUTH CAROLINA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

BY MOTHER’S AGE, RACE/ETHNICITY, EDUCATION LEVEL, AND COUNTY

 

 

South Carolina

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United States

Population Group

Number of Births to Unmarried Women

Number of Births to All Women

Percent of Births to Unmarried Women

 

Percent of Births to Unmarried Women

 

Percent of Births to Unmarried Women

Mother’s Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than 18

      2,378

      2,619

 90.8

 

 90.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

     18,387

     36,658

 50.2

 

 48.2

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,960

     17,313

 17.1

 

 16.7

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      8,166

     32,811

 24.9

 

 24.8

 

24.5

African American

     13,407

     18,311

 73.2

 

 66.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      1,900

      4,335

 43.8

 

 45.1

 

46.4

Other

        214

      1,054

 20.3

 

 14.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      8,965

     12,975

 69.1

 

 66.4

 

60.9

High school graduate

     13,026

     29,493

 44.2

 

 41.3

 

39.8

College graduate

        844

     11,119

  7.6

 

  7.3

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenville County

      1,947

      5,739

 33.9

 

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---

Richland County

      2,032

      4,608

 44.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     19,746

     46,243

 42.7

 

---

 

---

Total

     23,725

     56,590

 41.9

 

 38.1

 

35.8

 

Source:     National Center for Health Statistics.  See Technical Appendix for details.

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

bNumber of births in groups may not sum to state total (bottom row) due to missing demographic information.

cSee Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE SC-2.

SOUTH CAROLINA

DIVORCE RATES,

BY GENDER, RACE/ETHNICITY, EDUCATION LEVEL, AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

South Carolina

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     12,423

 

    189,151

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  2.9

 

  4.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 37

 

 

 

 

 

Source:     National Center for Health Statistics. See Technical Appendix for details.

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

b Excludes six states where data are not available.  See Technical Appendix for list.

c This statistic should not be interpreted as the number of marriages that end in divorce.  See p. 7 for details.

 

Percentage of Ever-Married Adults Who Are Divorced, 2006

 

South Carolina

 

South Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    139,325

 12.8

 

 14.0

 

 13.7

Women

    196,073

 15.2

 

 16.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    235,416

 13.4

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

     87,925

 17.4

 

 19.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      4,321

  6.7

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

      7,736

 14.9

 

 10.8

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     58,155

 13.9

 

 14.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    218,025

 15.5

 

 16.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

     59,218

 10.5

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    108,470

 13.2

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    226,928

 14.5

 

 15.4

 

 15.1

Total

    335,398

 14.1

 

 15.2

 

 15.0

 

Source:     American Community Survey (ACS), 2006.  See Technical Appendix for details.

Notes:       Sample limited to ever-married individuals ages 15 and older.  Those who have remarried after a divorce are not counted as divorced in these percentages. See Technical Appendix for details.

d Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

e See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups and geographic areas.

 

TABLE SC-3.

SOUTH CAROLINA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

South Carolina

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    154,207

 33.6

 

 40.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     43,093

  9.4

 

  8.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    100,505

 21.9

 

 17.6

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     83,865

 18.2

 

 18.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     30,200

  6.6

 

  5.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     47,734

 10.4

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

    459,604

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     58,718

 34.7

 

 41.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     13,605

  8.0

 

  8.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     30,365

 18.0

 

 14.3

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     33,462

 19.8

 

 19.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

     12,090

  7.2

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     20,780

 12.3

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

    169,020

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     95,489

 32.9

 

 40.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     29,488

 10.1

 

  9.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     70,140

 24.1

 

 18.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     50,403

 17.3

 

 18.2

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     18,110

  6.2

 

  4.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     26,954

  9.3

 

  8.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    290,584

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

 

Source:     American Community Survey (ACS), 2006.  See Technical Appendix for details.

Note:          Low-income children are defined as those living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of geographic areas.

c Children in complex family types that cannot be distinguished using ACS data.  See Technical Appendix for details.

 

TABLE SC-4.

SOUTH CAROLINA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

South Carolina

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     89,314

 51.1

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     22,281

 12.7

 

  9.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,503

  4.3

 

  5.3

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     33,072

 18.9

 

 20.9

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      8,904

  5.1

 

  4.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     13,712

  7.8

 

  7.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    174,786

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     37,069

 15.8

 

 20.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     16,613

  7.1

 

  6.8

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     86,769

 36.9

 

 35.0

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     45,168

 19.2

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     19,160

  8.2

 

  7.0

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     30,081

 12.8

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

    234,860

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     17,809

 58.1

 

 56.5

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,988

  9.7

 

 11.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,198

  7.2

 

  8.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      3,682

 12.0

 

 13.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      1,260

  4.1

 

  3.1

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      2,732

  8.9

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     30,669

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     10,015

 51.9

 

 49.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      1,211

  6.3

 

  9.0

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,035

 20.9

 

 14.5

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      1,943

 10.1

 

 14.7

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        876

  4.5

 

  4.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,209

  6.3

 

  7.5

 

8.7

 

Total

     19,289

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

 

Source:     American Community Survey (ACS), 2006.  See Technical Appendix for details.

Note:          Low-income children are defined as those living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.

c Children in complex family types that cannot be distinguished using ACS data.  See Technical Appendix for details.

 

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